Archive for March, 2011

Community Agencies Visit Campus to Promote Wellness, March 30

Monday, March 28th, 2011

The SUNY Canton Davis Health Center has invited more than 25 area agencies to help promote a healthy lifestyle for the College and community.

Each agency will be providing free health screenings or education at the College’s Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural gym. The event is free and open to the public.

Student filling out a form in the Davis Health Center

Among the services offered at the Health Fair will be:

  • Blood pressure testing
  • Glucose testing and diabetes education
  • Cholesterol testing
  • Bone density screenings
  • Pulmonary Function testing
  • Tobacco cessation services
  • Weight loss support
  • Overall health screenings

There will also be a special presentation on using guided imagery to relax at 1 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suite room 218 led by Kathy Montan, a body-centered expressive therapist.

Among the agencies represented at the fair will be representatives from the Renewal House, Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York, North Country Children’s Clinic, St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety Stop DWI program, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Seaway Valley Prevention Council, TOPS, Inc., Rochester Eye and Tissue Bank, AIDS Community Resources, Canton-Potsdam Hospital, St. Lawrence County Tobacco Free Community Partnership, and the SUNY Employee Assistance Program.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Davis Health Center at 386-7333 or email

SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Students Create Shock Value

Monday, March 28th, 2011

A broken all-terrain vehicle shock helped lead a team of SUNY Canton mechanical engineering technology students to become finalists in a national competition.

Joel Landry, Brandon Trimboli, and Kyle Szelestey hold 3D dirt bike parts.

Pictured are (l to r) mechanical engineering technology students Joel R. Landry of Malone, Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood, and Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills.

Joel R. Landry of Malone, Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills, and Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood recently found out that their project was among the top 10 considerations in the nation for the Dimension Printing 2011 Extreme Redesign Challenge at the collegiate level.

The project took shape when another student blew out the rear shock on his Honda ATV. Instead of repairing the damaged unit, the three aspiring engineers collaborated in their courses to design a brand new suspension system.

“Our (Advanced Computer Drafting) class assignment was to create a real-world solution using modern materials,” Trimboli explained. “We decided to reverse engineer the shock to improve its performance.”

Using what they had learned in their studies, the students generated renderings and designs of a brand-new shock creating a lower center of gravity on the vehicle and better overall control for the rider. Elements of their design have the potential to become high-end replacement parts within the ATV industry.

“Our design is top-notch,” Szelestey said. “We are curious where this project will take us from here.”

Three students measure 3D modeled parts.

To take their project past the initial design phase, the students began printing out scale reproductions of the individual parts on the College’s Dimension Printer. They then assembled each light beige component into a functioning plastic reproduction of their concept.

Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller said that the addition of the rapid prototyping machine has added further potential for experimentation and invention within the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

“Students previously had to cast or mill prototypes in metal,” Miller said. “Now they can run a program to print out scale models of their projects in plastic.”

Other student projects that have taken shape on the Dimension Printer include a scale-model working wind turbine and custom lightweight bicycle parts.

“One of our strengths is that we encourage students to apply theoretical calculations in real-world applications,” noted school Dean David J. Wells. “We emphasize efficiency and innovation all of our technology related curricula.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton to Host BPI Certification Presentation

Friday, March 18th, 2011

North Country community members interested in getting involved in energy efficiency projects are encouraged to attend an upcoming presentation at SUNY Canton.

Arthur S. Garno, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Site Coordinator from SUNY Canton, is offering an informational presentation beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 in Payson Hall Room 124 on the College’s campus. There is no cost to attend the session.

The presentation will be geared towards those looking to become a BPI-accredited contracting company for construction projects that include energy efficiency measures. BPI is a leading developer of technical standards, training and professional credentialing for home performance assessments, building envelope retrofits and HVAC system retrofits.

SUNY Canton is the area’s training center for becoming a BPI-certified home energy auditor.

Only BPI-accredited contractors with BPI-certified staff are eligible to participate in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program that provides incentives to homeowners for energy efficiency retrofit work.


For more information or to RSVP for the event, contact Garno at (315) 386-7197 or Walk-ins are welcome.


SUNY Canton to Host Camp Invention this Summer

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Camp Invention logoCreative children who enjoy inventing and hands-on projects will have a chance to showcase their talents this summer at SUNY Canton.

The College will be hosting Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, July 18-22 in the College’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The day camp program is for elementary students entering grades one through six.

“This program allows SUNY Canton to extend our reach beyond college-aged and non-traditional students and help young minds become forward thinkers,” said Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy, SUNY Canton president. “These children are the ones who will be researching, inventing and problem-solving in our classrooms and communities in the upcoming years. Providing Camp Invention to the area will give children a chance to see that science, math and technology can be, and is, fun.”

Camp Invention participants will have a unique opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by encouraging exploration and curiosity through exciting hands-on activities.

The camp includes five days filled with themed modules where participants will work in teams and explore, discover and create solutions to problems faced. Children will have a chance to present their findings and inventions to family and friends at the Inventors’ Showcase. Cost of the program is approximately $200 per child.

Ronald Tavernier, assistant professor of biology at SUNY Canton, and Mary Graham, a local parent, are coordinating the program site. Both are working with local business owners to raise funding that will assist those who may not be able to pay the entire cost of the program.

“Our goal is to get every child in the area who is interested in the program enrolled, regardless of cost,” Tavernier said. “We’re hopeful that we’ll raise enough funding and support from local community members to ensure everyone who is interested has a chance to participate.”

Local certified teachers and educators also have the opportunity to engage in the program. Tavernier and Graham are currently accepting applications for the director of the program as well as instructors. Young adults and college students looking to get involved can apply for a counselor position. Those interested in any position should apply no later than Friday, April 1.

Camper registration is now open and there are three ways to register: on-line at, by fax or mail, or by telephone at 1-800-968-4332. The registration fee is discounted by $25 until March 30. Space is limited.

For more information regarding applying for a position or making a contribution, please contact Tavernier at (315) 386-7986 or by e-mail at


SUNY Canton Artist Featured in The Boston Globe

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

SUNY Canton assistant professor capitalized on the abundance of snow in Upstate New York as a medium for his latest artwork.

Elumination display in front of St. Lawrence University's chapel.

Mathew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in SUNY Canton’s humanities department who teaches in the graphic and multimedia design program, was recently mentioned in the Boston Globe for his large-scale snow sculpture installation “E-Luminations.” Burnett and fellow artist Scott Fuller, assistant professor of fine art at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, transformed St. Lawrence University’s quad into a large-scale public art gallery using snow and several customized slide projectors in February.

“We’re used to seeing small-scale bursts of creativity in the snowmen and forts that people craft in parks and backyards,” wrote Courtney Humphries for The Boston Globe article entitled Rethinking Snow. “Yet when faced with so much excess, why not apply those impulses on a grander scale? Around the world, innovative artists, architects, and planners in cold climates have used snow as a design material, transforming it into giant pieces of public art, architecture, and landscaping.”

Enlisting the help of SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence students, Burnett and Fuller carved giant snowballs to use as canvases for projections of their abstracted paintings. Each night for a week, they used LCD and slide projectors to light up the 8-foot orbs with a colorful rotating selection of artwork.

“In our previous installation, we used old local photographs,” Burnett said. “At St. Lawrence we used images and videos of ice, water, and fire, and abstract paintings we made to enhance the visual effect of the sculptures.”

St. Lawrence University Photographer Tara Freeman captured one of the most telling images of the installation within its overall environment. It was published on the cover of the Spring 2011 St. Lawrence University Magazine and reproduced with permission for this release.

To read The Boston Globe article, visit:


SUNY Canton Students Offer Free Tax Return Assistance

Monday, March 14th, 2011

SUNY Canton accounting students are getting hands-on work experience that will benefit the North Country community this tax season.

For the sixth straight year, students will be working with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to help low- and moderate-income individuals and families prepare their taxes.

Alyssa Jatsenti types on a laptop.

The qualifying income bracket for participants is a gross income below $49,000, according to the IRS. Students from the College serve as VITA volunteers to increase their own tax preparation skills and teach community members how to file their own taxes.

“People we’ve helped come back year after year and entrust our students with this confidential information and can attest to their professionalism,” said Peggy J. Jenkins, assistant professor of accounting at SUNY Canton. “Our students are fully qualified and certified by the IRS to do this work and enjoy helping members of the community and giving back in this simple but critical way.”

Sessions are being held on SUNY Canton’s campus in Payson Hall Room 208 when the College is in session. Student volunteers are available through April 8th at the following times:

  • Tuesdays – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Fridays – 9 a.m to 2 p.m.

Appointments are strongly encouraged and are required for military and foreign student returns.

Individuals or families needing assistance must bring all W2 forms, the previous year’s tax returns and all other pertinent documents with them at the time of their appointment. For more information, contact Jenkins at or call (315) 386-7979.

Great Majors Lead to Great Careers at the Spring Career Fair

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Many companies routinely recruit SUNY Canton students for the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their education. Successful alumni recently returned to recruit future generations of employees at the College’s recent Career Fair.


“The engineering technology curricula were very sought after this spring,” said Daniel Miller, an assistant professor and career services coordinator. “The demand for our graduates re-emphasizes our mission to provide great majors that lead to great careers.”

In the video, alumni explain in their own words what distinguishes a SUNY Canton from other college graduates and highlight some of the recent changes at the College.

The Career Fair is a direct employment outreach initiative facilitated by Office of Career Services with support from the SUNY Canton Foundation and Alumni offices. For more information about careers available for students and graduates, visit



Kingston Honors Parents with Warm Gift to SUNY Canton

Monday, March 7th, 2011

A SUNY Canton alumna and local business owner was inspired by her parents and her involvement with the College’s Foundation to make a warm gift to the new Roos House Athletic Center.

Sylvia Kingston

Sylvia M. Kingston, proprietor of both Josie’s Little Pizzeria and Sylvia’s Lounge and Eatery in Canton, recently donated $25,000 to the SUNY Canton Foundation. Her gift secured the right to name the Lloyd J. and Josephine F. Kingston Fireplace located in the mezzanine within the brand-new building.

“Sylvia’s efforts with SUNY Canton and support of our growth have made a big difference within our community,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Her generosity has been continuous and has been in tribute to her parents. We are honored to have the Kingston family’s name permanently connected to our new athletic facility. We will be reminded of Lloyd and Josephine’s warmth and hospitality each time we congregate next to the Kingston Fireplace.”

The fireplace is set in a granite wall in the elevated area overlooking the ice rink, the basketball court and the field house portions of the new building. Kingston’s father was a stonemason, making the intricately designed area an ideal location to honor her parents.

“My parents and my father’s work literally laid some of the groundwork in North Country higher education,” Kingston said. “His masonry can be seen on each of the other college campuses in the area. Much like the granite serving as the foundation for the fireplace, my parents were my rock that I could lean on for constant support. It was only fitting to name this place in honor of them.”

Kingston and her family’s roots with SUNY Canton run long and deep. She’s a 1978 graduate of the College and has been a member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors since 2000, and is a member of the Planning Committee. Her brother David L. Kingston graduated in 1970 and her sister Rose Marie Kingston Costanzo graduated one year later in 1971.

Kingston’s daughter, Shelley Kingston Peria, is a current student at SUNY Canton in Liberal Arts-General Studies program. She graduated early from Hugh C. Williams High School in order to attend the College during the Spring semester.

The family has also been renowned for their commitment to the North Country. In 1973, Kingston’s parents founded Josie’s Little Pizzeria on Main Street in Canton. The business has continued under Kingston’s stewardship since Josie’s retirement in 1984.

In January 1997, Kingston established The Lloyd J. and Josephine F. Kingston Scholarship at the College as a tribute to her parents. The scholarship is awarded annually to an entering freshman student from St. Lawrence County who enrolls in the business administration program with preference to graduates of the Canton Central School District.

The growth of the College over the years has impressed Kingston. “The new athletic facility accents the years of transformation that have taken place on this campus since I graduated,” she noted. “Between this new facility, the new residence hall and the new four year degree programs like sports management, SUNY Canton is answering the needs of the people in the North Country and in turn, helping our community prosper.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton GMMD Major Displays Work at St. Lawrence County Arts Council

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Nicholas Finger, a senior SUNY Canton graphic and multimedia design student from the Albany area, is displaying his digital photography, paintings, and multimedia illustrations at the St. Lawrence County Art Council.

Nick Finger

“The overall theme of my work deals with nature,” Finger said. “I had the chance to display my work as part of my graphic and multimedia design internship with the council.”

The exhibit opening will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the arts council gallery, 51 Main Street in Potsdam. The opening is free and open to the public, and the exhibit will run through April 9.

Finger’s online portfolio can be viewed at

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

Olympic Television Producer and SUNY Canton Alumnus Presents March 11

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Bob HughesSUNY Canton Alumnus Robert M. Hughes knows the right camera angles to film Olympic luge, bobsled, and skeleton racers speeding over 80-miles per hour down a complex track.

The 1975 graduate is co-owner of Carr-Hughes Production in Saratoga Springs, a respected sports TV production company with a long history handling international television coverage for sports like luge, bobsled and skeleton.

Hughes will be coming back to SUNY Canton to talk about filming and production at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be of particular interest to the College’s graphic and multimedia design students.

“I was responsible for managing the production process at the luge, bobsled and skeleton venue during Vancouver,” Hughes said. “The production was massive with 54 cameras and a crew of about 100 people from around the world.”

Hughes has worked with NBC and Universal Sports and produced programming for ESPN, Speed Channel and many other networks. He and his company filmed the World Equestrian Games and are the host broadcaster for all the major Track and Field meets in the U.S. If it’s moving fast or flying through the snow, he can find a way to film it and rebroadcast it to major networks around the world.

“I’m going to enlighten students about the uniquely democratic world of mobile television production,” Hughes said. “Motivated students who have interest and ability in any aspect of production (sound, editing, filming, or direction) can launch their career straight out of college.”

Carr-Hughes Productions is renowned for their global sporting events and home to world-class post-production facilities. They offer site production, post-production, and live televised event programming.

“We’re in the process of establishing an educational relationship with Mr. Hughes with the hopes of establishing internship possibilities for our fourth-year students in the graphic and multimedia design program,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “His insights will provide our students an inside look at a competitive and lucrative career option. Students who are interested in the possibility of an internship or career in television production should plan on attending the presentation.”

Guests at the program will be able to screen some of Hughes’ recent work, including a track meet recently filmed for ESPN. He said each broadcast presents its own unique decisions that need to be made and major production decisions need to be made rapidly without any hesitation. “In this business, you need to be a self-starter with the ability to learn and do things on the fly,” Hughes said.

Hughes was a competitive luge athlete after graduating from SUNY Canton. He went on to coach the 1984 U.S. Olympic luge team in Sarajevo before moving to television production. Examples of some of his work can be viewed at

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.